'Another Roof, Another Proof': How Mobility Explains Individual Productivity in Science

38 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2017

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Valentina Tartari

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Francesco Di Lorenzo

Copenhagen Business School

Benjamin A. Campbell

The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business

Date Written: August 24, 2017

Abstract

The mobility of highly skilled employees is seen as a critical way for organizations to transfer knowledge and to improve organizational performance. Yet, the relationship between mobility and individual performance is still largely a theoretical and empirical puzzle. Building both on human capital mobility research and economics of science literature, and exploiting a unique dataset of 348 academics working in biology department in the United Kingdom, we show that mobility has a positive effect on individual productivity. We also find that this positive effect is reinforced when academics move towards better-endowed institutions. We complement our econometrical analysis with more qualitative evidence from a survey.

Keywords: mobility, academic researchers, scientific productivity, organizational resources, Arellano-Bond

Suggested Citation

Tartari, Valentina and Di Lorenzo, Francesco and Campbell, Benjamin A., 'Another Roof, Another Proof': How Mobility Explains Individual Productivity in Science (August 24, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025587 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3025587

Valentina Tartari (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics ( email )

Kilevej 14A
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Francesco Di Lorenzo

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Kilevej 14A
Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen DK - 2000
Denmark

Benjamin A. Campbell

The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business ( email )

2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1144
United States

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